My wife absolutely L O V E S Christmas. It is her favorite holiday and she cherishes it more than her own birthday – perhaps even our anniversary, but I’m afraid to ask…
The fact is that she will spend the entire season playing holiday music in her car and at home, practically non-stop. Obviously, as we decorated the tree and began to light up our house, she switched to that nauseating 24/7 station that begins to choke you with sleigh bells and every other conceivable lyrical concept that have completely no thing whatsoever to do with The Savior’s birth. With the exception of a few recognizable traditional favorites, those artists that came closest to the reason to celebrate seemed, in my opinion, to only be pimping Jesus for airplay.
I remained silent. I love my beautiful wife. She was humming along while placing the ornaments on what was turning into a marvelous display and hanging the girls’ stockings about the fireplace, reminiscing over their childhood. I coughed a few times and stifled a groan or two, but I began thinking about how God originally utilized the gift of song as a backdrop to the entire narrative surrounding the conception and birth of His Son and I became more engaged and intrigued, in spite of what was blaring through the speakers.
The Gospel of Luke, Chapter One records the song Mary sang to her expectant cousin Elizabeth, soon to be mother of John The Baptist and she, a virgin, carrying The Messiah in her womb. In Chapter Two, Angels appear to the shepherds in the field singing “Peace on Earth & Goodwill toward Men!” the shepherds go into Bethlehem to praise God and worship The King, no doubt humming, whistling, singing with joy! Matthew’s gospel reveals rejoicing and worship of the Wise Men to the toddling King!
God took great care that the Wonder of Music, Laughter and Singing comprised the soundtrack of the glorius prophecy fulfilled in Isaiah 9:6-7:
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
What an Absolutely Wonderful Reason to Dance & Sing!
A Very Merry EntreMusician Christmas!